Mathematics study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 10.
In Year 11 and 12, the study of mathematics is not mandatory.
Courses offered for Year 11 include:
- Mathematics Standard
- Mathematics Advanced
- Mathematics Extension 1
- Numeracy Course Pilot
Mathematics Standard gives students the opportunity to gain further practice with concepts from Year 9 & 10, applying them to real-world situations such as buying a car and comparing renting with owning a home. This course involves substantially less algebra than Mathematics Advanced. In their HSC year, students may choose to attempt either Standard 1 (optional final examination) or Standard 2 based on their performance during Year 11.
In Mathematics Advanced, students gain the foundational skills for the further study of STEM courses at university level. Students require a well-developed understanding of the Mathematics studied during Year 9 & 10 to attempt this course, as many new concepts will be introduced that will require this prior knowledge.
Mathematics Extension 1
Undertaken as an additional 1 unit on top of Mathematics Advanced, this course incorporates some of the hardest mathematics available at high school level, enabling graduates to gain a head-start when undertaking mathematics in university courses. In the HSC year, students may also elect to attempt Mathematics Extension 2, which contains some 1st year university content, for a total of 4 mathematics units.
Numeracy Course Pilot
This course is being offered as part of a pilot program. It is aimed towards students who don’t intend to go to university and have found Mathematics difficult throughout high school. The course promotes developing students’ ability to operate with numbers in the workplace and day-to-day life.